Accessibility at Commencement

Accommodations for guests with disabilities and special needs:  If students or guests require access accommodations, please contact the office of Conferences and Special Events at (413) 542-2845. All of our Commencement event locations are accessible.

Wheelchair Rentals

Wheelchairs can be rented at Taylor Rental located on Route 9 in Hadley (413) 584-4184, or at Mass Surgical Supply (413) 532-1401 in Holyoke. For further information regarding pick up and return, please call the vendors.

Vehicles Accessing the Main Quadrangle for Commencement

The Commencement location has a small tent for seating on a first-come, first-served basis. While vehicles are not generally allowed in the Quad, passengers with special needs may be driven to the Quad; please speak with the College Police Officer at the Quad gate upon arriving.

On-Campus Shuttle Services

Shuttles will circulate campus on Commencement day for transport to the Main Quad. Special arrangements for transportation can be made with the Welcome Center by calling (413) 542-2065.


All Amherst College parking lots have designated accessible parking spaces (see accessible parking spaces on our campus map.). In addition. Amherst College Police allow curbside drop off at the Main Quad for those needing special assistance prior to the Commencement ceremony.

Captioning and American Sign Language (ASL) Translation

Live on-screen captioning will be provided for the Commencement ceremony. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided for the Commencement ceremony upon request. Please see an usher for assistance. A signer will be located at the accessibility seating tent. For additional information about reserved seating please contact the office of Conferences and Special Events at (413) 542-2845.